Jing Mian Xin Cheng on Beijing’s Fourth Ring Road mediates between the scale of the large urban development, busy road arteries and pedestrian foot traffic. CLOU engaged in designing a new landscape as well as two office towers linked by a retail podium in between.
The landscape reacts to a more intimate and friendly human scale while the distinctive façade design signals its presence at a distance and to those passing by. The appearance of both the landscape and the facade shifts as observers move around the development - large pleats on the retail podium cast dynamic shadows, while the towers’ curtain walls undulate creating reflections and shadows.
These projections also allow for small and easy-to-operate openings for natural ventilation, creating another dimension for the flow and fluidity between indoor and outdoor spaces.